Evidence Based Decision Making  

In 2010, the National Institute of Corrections in conjunction with the Center for Effective Public Policy, The Carey Group, the Pretrial Justice Institute, and the Justice Management Institute, solicited grant applications from jurisdictions throughout the United State to participate in a three-phase grant process to implement evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) processes.

The goal of the initiative is to build a system wide framework (arrest through final disposition and discharge) that will result in more collaborative, evidence-based decision making and practices in local criminal justices systems. This effort is grounded in two decades of research on the factors that contribute to criminal re-offending and the methods the justice system can employ to interrupt the cycle of recidivism

The initiative seeks to equip criminal justice policymakers in local communities with the information, processes, and tools that will result in measurable reductions of pretrial misconduct and post-conviction re-offending.

Eau Claire County applied for and was chosen as one of the final three jurisdictions to complete the EBDM process, along with Mesa County, Colorado and Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.